IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars racing into Red River, Norman County history books

WEST FARGO, N.D. – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car history will be made this season at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. and sister track Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn.

Red River becomes the first track in North Dakota to sanction the division weekly with IMCA, running Friday nights from May 7 to Aug. 27. Norman County adds the Sprints for its 103rd season, to run Thursdays from June 10 to Aug. 26. 

The winged class joins IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing programs at both tracks. 

“We have followed the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars for about three years now. We’ve watched them race, we have a friend who races them and we’ve had drivers ask about them. We decided about last August to sanction them this year,” promoter Jake Bitker said. “RaceSaver Sprint Cars are a good complement to our other IMCA divisions and have a black and white set of rules. It’s a good class for drivers who want to be in a Sprint Car.”

The last IMCA sanctioned Sprint Car event in North Dakota is believed to be an afternoon/evening doubleheader at the old Fargo Fairgrounds on Aug. 16, 1969. Fargo was also the site of the legendary A.J. Foyt’s first IMCA win on Aug. 25 of 1956.

Sprints have been a weekly staple in Minnesota since 1989, with the first Norman County track champion to be crowned in the class this year. 

Both the rules and growing number of tracks sanctioning RaceSaver Sprint Cars means drivers will be able to chase national and KMJ Performance State points, notes Bitker.

“RaceSaver Sprint Cars are the fastest growing class in the nation,” he said. “I like that our drivers will be able to race at any other sanctioned track in the country for IMCA points.” 

Norman County Raceway first sanctioned with IMCA in 2015, Red River Valley Speedway in 2016. 

“It’s exciting to see the continued growth of the RaceSaver division, not only to new tracks but to new states,” commented IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “IMCA Sprint Cars will bring a unique look and speed to both Red River and Norman County.”